Exploring New Industries Within Gaming

How to Become a Game Tester From Home

Video Game Tester from Home

A lot of people dream of being able to work from home. And gamers dream of being able to work in the gaming industry. What if I told you that there is a possibility to combine both of these?

I came across a very interesting company called CC GameTesters. This is the the exact opportunity they are offering. You can make your application directly on their website and seem to currently be offering jobs for people in the UK and the US. They also seem to have in-office jobs and remote jobs, meaning you can make a decision of whether or not you want to work from home or in an office environment (depending on your location).

What is needed to Become a Game Tester?

They seem to have a blog post that explains exactly what is needed here. But here’s a summary:

You need to be able to adapt to play a variety of games. Playing the same type of games doesn’t seem to be an option. Furthermore, the suitable candidates need to be able to remain focused and pay attention to the smaller details. Playing games for fun is very different to playing games for a living. You may not notice the small visual bug when you’re playing at your own leisure, but when it’s your job, it’s vital that you spot them.

Communication skills also seem to be very important. Which is understandable. You’d need to be able to communicate with the employer to ensure that you remain on target and complete the relevant tasks. I assume that it’s also needed so you can write accurate reports that the company can then send on to clients.

Higher Education is not Required

CC GameTesters seem to be very open to accepting applicants with no qualifications or higher formal education. And it seems to be more and more common. Employers are realising that degrees and qualifications does not always make applicants qualified for a job. A person’s attitude and demeanor plays a big role in having a positive work environment. And I have experienced it first hand. I have worked many different jobs. Some of which had some very smart people. But they had the worst attitude. And it really negatively affected our workplace.

Reasons to Become a Game Tester

In case working from home and playing video games isn’t obvious enough reasons to become a game tester. Just think about it. You don’t have a boss hovering over you. You can choose your own hours. You get to play new releases before they’re even released! That alone should be enough reasons. Imagine all of your friends waiting for weeks, months or sometimes even years for a game to come out. And you can tell them that you’ve already tried it. Further to all those reasons, you can also use it to kick start your career within the gaming industry.

Why do Game Testers Exist?

This is the question that I would ask myself. What is the purpose of game testers? Well. With the gaming industry growing at such a fast rate, I understand why there is a growing demand for game testers to ensure that the games are the best they can be. I also strongly believe that in this digital world, starting a career as a game tester is a very good decision. The future is gaming. And we’ll probably soon be seeing it in the olympics!

The Next Big Thing in Gaming: Possible Trends

The gaming industry has experienced considerable growth the past few years. And while some people have been predicting huge growth within certain new sectors, it seems that the gaming industry has still not experienced anything massively revolutionary. Needless to say, that doesn’t mean that something isn’t around the corner. There are things that are becoming more and more popular.

VR (Virtual Reality)

To those that haven’t heard of it.. This is what VR is.

Virtual reality

It’s the thing where you put on some funny looking goggles and make a fool out of yourself. Basically, you immerse yourself in a three-dimensional (3D) world with the goal of being in a better world than the one we are in. You no longer have to just play games, but you can now live inside the games.

Despite the fact that it’s still not that widely used, VR brought in over $300 million in 2017, while global investment into VR and AR (augmented reality) reached upwards of $2.3 billion in 2018. Even though VR is mainly focused within the gaming industry at the moment, many tech experts predict that it will be used in many other industries with use cases in medicine and even driving lessons.

Accessible Gaming

Accessible Gaming

With the world becoming more and more understanding of disabilities, there is a growing need to ensure that gaming is accessible to all. Microsoft recently released the adaptive controller which aims to allow people with disabilities to play video games comfortably. The controller allows you to hook up external devices such as switches and joysticks and customise controls in a way that would comfortably suit the gamer.

It’s currently only compatible with Windows 10 computers and xBox One consoles, the aim for Microsoft is to have it available for everyone, including people with Playstation 4’s and Nintendo game consoles. The project leader, Evelyn Thomas, said the following: “I want this to work on Sony, I want this to work on Nintendo. I want it to work everywhere, because the gamer wins when that happens.”

Battle Royale Game Modes

Battle Royale Games

This type of game mode has only experienced considerable growth very recently. Games such as Fortnite and PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds created a huge growth within this market. This genre involves players falling into an open battlefield, finding loot and weapons and then killing everyone that comes in their way. The aim of the game is to be the last one surviving, as the map gets smaller and smaller.

Fortnite’s major success resulted in them offering $1,000,000 in prize winnings for their first e-sports style tournament. This attracted a lot of big names and famous video gamers to compete head to head for the prize money.

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